Joint Replacement Center
Common Causes Knee and Hip Pain
A degenerative disease that causes breakdown of cartilage in the joints. When the cartilage wears away, bones rub together; this can cause pain, stiffness, and loss of flexibility. Sometimes referred to as degenerative joint disease because it is a "wearing out" condition.
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA):
A chronic disease, mainly characterized by inflammation of the lining of the joint, called the synovium. It can lead to long-term joint damage, cartilage loss, chronic pain, stiffness, loss of function and motion.
Arthritis that settles into joints due to acute or repetitive trauma. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, fluid accumulation in the joint, decreased tolerance for walking, sports, stairs and other activities that stress the joint.
A disease resulting from temporary or permanent loss of blood supply to one or more bones. Without the proper blood supply, bone tissue dies and the bone's structure weakens and may collapse and damage the cartilage.
Progressive thinning of bone tissue and loss of bone density that develops over time. Women especially those with a family history have a greater risk for developing osteoporosis. Symptoms that may occur late in the disease may be bone pain or tenderness, loss of height over time, and fractures with little or no trauma.
When is surgery recommended:
There may be several reasons your Physician may recommend a total joint replacement. People who may benefit from surgery often have:
Severe pain or stiffness that limits everyday activities such as:
- Climbing stairs
- Getting in or out of chairs/vehicles
- Chronic pain, inflammation and swelling while resting
- Stiffness in the joint that limits ability to move
- Failure to improve with other treatments such as:
- Cortisone injections
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Physical therapy
If you experience any of these symptoms please consider a complete evaluation from one of our Orthopedic Physicians.